Tuesday, March 31, 2020

King Size Quarter Sections

This fabulously rich quilt was made by Bonnie.  The pattern is our Highway 10 Designs Quarter Sections pattern.  Bonnie made the King size version with some additional borders and it came out to 102" x 126" - Bonnie has a few days of binding in her future, but it will be so worth it! You can see it on my Queen size bed below.

Bonnie fabric selection was mostly Orientals with a metallic highlight with a mix of batiks and cottons mixed in.  Bonnie selected the "Paisley" pantograph and I used my favorite Magnifico gold thread - 2063 Clover Honey.  It is a pretty gold thread that isn't too brassy.

Bonnie choose and brown Stonehenge wide back and we used the extra wide Quilter's Dream Blend batting.

Quarter Sections is a fat quarter friendly pattern with 6 sizes ranging from Baby to King.  You can find it on our website as a PDF download and in printed form.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Space Bacon

I am still smiling looking at the fun quilt. Reneta was a pattern tester for the Art East Quilt Company's new release called "Space Bacon."  I absolutely love it and i can't stop hear the Muppets announer in my head saying "Pigs in Spaaaaace"!

Swirly stars in a shiny grey Magnifico seemed like the perfect choice to finish off the quilt.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Perfect Boy's Quilt!

Val brought the fabulous quilt that she made for her grandson.  The layout is her own, combining 4 individual block patterns from Counted Quilts.  What little boy wouldn't love this quilt?

Val selected the "Quirky" pantograph and Quilter's Dream Puff Batting, and she supplied a flannel backing for a very cozy quilt.  I love the end result!

Monday, March 23, 2020


Shylyte made this wonderful batik top in a gorgeous purple palette.  The pattern is called "Chianti" and is from Villa Rosa Designs.

Shylyte selected the Daisy Bounce pantograph with Quilter's Dream Puff Batting.  I suggested a lovely purple Magnifico thread #2123 called February that is fabulous on batiks.

I have the first two blocks done in the Manitoba Prairie Quilter's applique block of the month.  I am about 4 months behind but am motivated to get caught up.  Not my normal type of project but I do like participating when quilters make the effort to organize something, and it is good to be pushed out of my comfort zone now and again.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Audrey's Quarter Sections

 I had the pleasure of quilting Audrey's version of our Highway 10 Designs Quarter Sections quilt.  Audrey had a vision for this quilt that influenced everything from her color palette to the quilting design that she chose.

Audrey shared that to her the center of the quilt represents the fields flourishing and in fallow.  The outer border is the highway running alongside and the inner border is the ditch between.  After hearing this I knew fancy feathery border was not what this quilt needed!  Audrey opted for the Breath of the gods pantograph which perfectly adds the touch of wind blowing across the prairie landscape.

Audrey plans to keep this quilt for herself, which is not something I hear my clients say often!

Quarter Sections is a fat quarter friendly pattern that includes 6 sizes ranging in size from baby to king.  PDF downloads and paper copies are available on the Highway 10 Designs website.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Snowmen A To ZZZ

I had the pleasure of working on this lovely version of the Crabapple Hill Studio's "Snowmen A to Zzzz" pattern.  Barb did all of the hand embroidery and crayon shading, and mom Dorothy assisted by piecing the blocks together and adding the borders.

Barb selected the Snow Winds pantograph and it makes for a very pretty quilt back.

In order to not overwhelm the delicate hand embroidery, I used my favorite thread for this type of application - Superior's Microquilter.  It is a 100 wt. polyester and it melts into the embroidery beautifully to let the embroidery remain the star of the quilt.

So many hours went into this lovely top, so I will share a few more close ups of some of the blocks.

Friday, March 13, 2020


Reneta sent this awesome version of the Cluck Cluck Sew pattern called "Touchdown."    She used her local high school colours for the background fabrics and I think the combination is very striking.

Reneta selected the Bauhaus Baby panto.  Although our combined football knowledge is relatively non-exsistent, we thought it looked like football plays being drawn on a chalkboard.  I think it is a great compliment to this quilt.

And and a bonus here is an example of another modern panto that seemed to be the perfect fit.  Diane made the quilt for her granddaughter to use as a prize at a wedding social.  It was a simple top, but once it was quilted it really looked cool and modern.  Pantograph is called Hall of Mirrors.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Minnesota Stars

I recently had to opportunity to collaborate on a project with Jennifer from Needle Crafts and Studio.  Jennifer got in a great new line of fabric called Forest Jewels from Cloud 9 Fabrics and proposed using it to put together our Highway 10 Designs "Minnesota Stars" pattern.  

I was more than excited to use the palette that Jennifer selected. (I believe Jennifer has just a limited number of kits available in her shop.)

Here are a few close ups of the blocks.

I used a mustard colored thread for the quilting and the Flirtatious pantograph seemed to be the perfect compliment to the fabric prints.   

And just to remind you what the cover of the pattern looks like -   Colors choices can totally personlize a quilt!
Minnesota Stars is available as a PDf download or as a printed copy from our Highway 10 Designs store.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Warm and Cozy Panel

Reneta has been committed to sewing through her stash for the past few years.  She has mostly been making an amazing variety of scrap quilts with 2" squares - see here, and here and here for examples!  She had this panel and some coordinating yardage lying around and decided it was time to put it together in a top.

Reneta selected one of the first pantographs I had ever purchased called Wildflower.  I think it adds just the right amount of quilting and is a bit of a classic like these fabrics! 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Our Hearts Will Go On

Reneta made this beautiful rendition of the "Our Hearts will Go On" pattern from the Fabric Addict.  The pattern is a fun take on a traditional Storm at Sea block/ Clever color placement allows the two hearts to appear.


Reneta selected the "Zephyr" pantograph and I think it compliments the top well.  I love using Superior's Magnifico thread on batiks, and a light grey/turquoise was just right.